Harbour Apartments construction restarts

The Harbour Apartments construction site in May. Picture: ADAM McLEANWork has resumed on the Harbour Apartments construction site opposite WIN Stadium and developer Kollco Holdings believes it will be full steam ahead within weeks.
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Workers downed tools on May 1 when the contract with Camarda & Cantrill was terminated because the builder could not meet its contract obligations.

Kollco has since been working closely with unions representing disgruntled contractors owed more than $1.2 million and new builder Advanced Constructions to get the project back on track.

Chief operating officer of Kollaras Property Holdings, John Kollaras, told the Mercury there were workers on site this week, mainly meeting WorkCover and occupational health and safety obligations, before full-scale construction recommences.

Mr Kollaras said he had been involved in productive discussions with the CFMEU, and some of the subcontractors who had previously been working on the site were returning.

Those conversations were continuing, he said.

Subcontractors were left in the lurch when Camarda & Cantrill bailed out of the Harbour Apartments project, on the corner of Burelli and Harbour streets.

The Illawarra company was placed in the hands of liquidators owing more than $4 million.

Kollco Holdings Pty Ltd said it was in the process of “quantifying the amount of loss” it was owed due to the “abandonment” of the contract.

Its website says the high-rise will offer single level two and three-bedroom apartments with outdoor living and spacious balconies, and feature “cosmopolitan style” with coastal views.

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Find yourself feeling crappy? Try these five things

Georgia van Tiel and Carla McMillan of Bodypass get their happy on. Photo: Robert Saponja.We all go through times in our lives when life doesn’t go the way we expected.
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Things happen thatthrow us in the deep end and we find ourselves in situations we can’t actually change but that make us feel … crappy.

Perhaps this has to do with work. Or maybe you have a few days in a row where you had big plans and you get sick so you’re forced to take time off. Maybe you budgeted for something that’s become more expensive and you have to put some things on the back-burner.

These are all situations that are out of our control, yet they can send even the happiest people around the bend and bring on negative emotions.

If the situation itself can’t be controlled, then why do we feel crappy about it?

It’s the way that your mind reacts to it – or rather – the way your subconscious thought pattern ‘tells’ you to react. With exasperation, frustration, anger or hopelessness.

If you can become more conscious, then you can change the way you relate to a situation and that will change the outcome of something you would have perceived as negative to something that beings welcome surrender, feels calm or simply ‘meant to be’. It is what it is.

When we are overcome by our attachment to an idea we have in our minds about what things are supposed to be like, we spend a lot of time dwelling on the past or living with the future in mind and this does little for our state of fulfillment in the now.

“The true definition of mental illness is when the majority of your time is spent in the past or future, but rarely living in the realism of NOW.”

How though, do we change the way we see things in our minds to make the days we live happier? Here’s fiveeasy ways.

1. Recognise the emotion.

Instead of sinking into the pits of ‘should have, could have, would have’… be conscious of what it is you’re feeling. Is it despair, anger, frustration or loneliness? The emotion is there for a reason, even if it is created by the mind.

Give it a little room to be … feel it. We rarely, if ever, give our emotions a place to be recognised before we push them down and pretend they don’t exist. How many times has someone asked you what was wrong, only for you to say ‘nothing’, even though there are 15 things getting you down. Own the emotion and it is much easier to send that baby flying away.

2. Make a conscious decision to wave goodbye to that emotion, it’s fleeting.

Only you can make the decision to wallow in it – the emotion itself doesn’t make the choice to stay, you have the responsibility of control over it.

Picture a baby who cries for an instant over a toy being snatched away. Is that baby still upset about it an hour later? No. A baby probably isn’t too fazed about losing the toy even three minutes later. We forget to live in the moment like a child does and this is something we’d be much better off doing.

3. Talk yourself through it.

With pushing our emotions under the rug comes a constant habit of deafening our ears to our own voice. Many people today who’re dwelling in the past or existing only thinking about the future don’t have a good relationship with themselves. An excellent way of dealing with set-backs is to have a quick reality ‘check-in’ with yourself.

Phrases like “will my worrying change the future?”, “everything will work out as it needs to”, “What is this lesson here to teach me?” or “things are as they should be” will help you to relax and surrender in crappy situations.

4. Become comfortable with uncertainty.

As adults we hold onto negative emotions as if they will comfort us, and then many of us feel secure or safe feeling crappy because we’ve identified with that feeling for so long. It’s time to give yourself permission to be okay with uncertainty. The better you can respond to uncertainty in life the more opportunity you have to feel fulfilled because guess what? Life is never certain and we simply can’t control everything.

5. Breathe.

How many times in our lives do things happen out of our control and we go from whoa to CRAZY in .2 seconds flat? Unleashing fury and vitriol or helpless anxiety reaction over ourselves or anybody around us. And the one thing we forgot to do is breathe. Giving ourselves a small pocket of breath allows us to calm any instant negative reaction and follow the steps above.

An excellent breathing technique that calms nerves and reduces physical and emotional pain is the following. Try it today in a moment of stress or anxiety.

A slow count of four while breathing in, then count of four holding the breath. Then a slow count of four breathing out out and hold the breath out for four seconds and repeat.

What’s left?

A calmer, happier person who can roll with the ebbs and flows of life with peace, purpose and a strong belief that they are right where they should be.

JoinBodypassfor a variety of wellness classes to help you bounce back.​Alice Nichollsis a Certified Holistic Health Coach and Life Transformation Coach.

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Hoverboard charging stations? Library vision sought

Next generation: Acting Wollongong lord mayor Chris Connor with Thirroul toddler Tom Giles at the Thirroul Library. Picture: ROBERT PEETWollongong’s future libraries could have hoverboard charging stations, no physical buildings or just a lot of good old-fashioned reading nooks, according to the city’s acting lord mayor Chris Connor.
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Wollongong City Council, which is preparing to change its book services over the next seven years, wants residents to dream up their ideal public library.

On Monday, the organisation launched its Beyond Books strategy, and has called for public comment before staff begin developing the future library plan.

“As part of our work on this strategy, we’re looking at a range of questions including whether there are even physical buildings housing libraries in the future,” Cr Connor said.

“Or do we have more but smaller branch libraries? These are really interesting concepts and we want to hear what the community thinks our libraries should be like in 2022.”

As part of the consultation, residents are asked to imagine walking into a library in 2022 and to respond through the council’s website on why they’re there, who they’re with, where the library is and what activities/services the council should provide.

The council is also asking people to gather with friends or in book clubs to talk through the same questions and reply to the council by the end of the month.

Later in the year, library workers will hold stalls at Dapto Street Fair and Spring into Corrimal and will host a series of community workshops to develop a draft library strategy.

This will go on exhibition early next year, the council said.

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Giddings pushes for Tasmanian workers

FOREIGN workers should not be the solution to Tasmania’s chef shortage, Franklin Labor MHA Lara Giddings says.
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The Tasmanian Hospitality Association says there are more than 140 vacant jobs for chefs and cooks across the state, with restaurants increasingly turning to importing workers on 457 visas.

The state government has pledged to work with the industry to attract the best possible people to the state, but Ms Giddings said the solution should lie closer to home.

‘‘I hope that we could actually grow our own, rather than bring others in to take jobs that really should be going to Tasmanians,’’ she said.

‘‘I can understand for industry that if they can’t get Tasmanians to fill those jobs then they have to find employees from somewhere.

‘‘I think what the government’s role is, is not to keep supporting foreign workers coming in and taking those Tasmanian jobs, but actually working with people on the ground in Tasmania.’’

Ms Giddings said she believed shows like MasterChef could spark an interest in young people to want to take up a career in cooking.

State Growth Minister Matthew Groom said the government was working with the industry to plan for the long-term, and wanted to bring more young Tasmanians into the sector.

‘‘Tasmania has got a great opportunity when it comes to the hospitality sector, that’s not just off the back of the tourism sector,’’ he said.

‘‘We want to work with the hospitality sector to make sure that young Tasmanians recognise that they can have a positive and exciting future, a positive and exciting career in hospitality.’’

There are about 270 TasTAFE students studying various cookery courses.

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Lambie’s son ‘ice addict’

Jacqui LambieSENATOR Jacqui Lambie has revealed her son’s ice addiction in Parliament in an impassioned speech arguing for involuntary detox for children.
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On Monday, Burnie-based Senator Lambie lamented her inability to fix her son’s drug problem while making an emotional plea on mental health laws.

‘‘I am a senator of Australia and I have a 21-year-old son that has a problem with ice, and yet even with my title I have no control over my son,’’ she said.

‘‘I cannot involuntarily detox my own son.

‘‘I am not talking to my son any more; I am now talking to a drug.

‘‘And I can tell you I am not the only parent out there in that situation; there are thousands of us.’’

In the speech she warned of the devastation of ice.

She wanted specific legislation for compulsory treatment for minors.

‘‘The way that ice is affecting these kids is phenomenal and it is a very, very bad result,’’ she said.

‘‘These kids will have three or four choices in their lives: they will either end up on a slab, end up in a mental institution or end up killing somebody else because of their actions, because they do not have control of the drug.

‘‘This is where this society is heading, and we are sitting here and we are not doing anything about it.

‘‘When we realise that this ice is a major problem in our society, it will be all too late.’’

Tasmanian community workers have warned that ice use could reach epidemic levels if not addressed.

The state government provided $4.8million in its recent budget, which would fund 12 new rehabilitation beds, although Rural Health Tasmania continues to call for early intervention and prevention services.

Senator Lambie said ice was a ‘‘mental health crisis’’ that would grow unless both federal and state governments took strong measures to prevent ‘‘mental health injuries’’ in young people.

She wanted political parties to consider national legislation making detox mandatory for children who were drug addicted.

She said Tasmania had a massive ice problem.

‘‘Australian parents deserve the right to speak to their children, not the drug, when they are trying to put them back on the straight and narrow.’’

She opposed a bill to amend social services laws, saying it would let the government cut the disability support pension to psychiatric or forensic patients accused of serious crimes.

‘‘It is very easy to take a populist position and vote for legislation which takes a hard line against people who are alleged to have committed terrible crimes and who have serious mental illnesses,’’ Senator Lambie said.

‘‘The harder position is to oppose this legislation on the basis that it undermines basic civil rights and the chance of a quicker recovery for people who are very sick with mental illness.’’

She said she was taking the ‘‘hard road’’ by voting against the legislation.

‘‘In this debate, I think the government has forgotten that the people affected by this legislation have already been assessed by the courts and found to be mentally very ill.

‘‘It seems that the government is trying to undermine the courts’ rulings and punish these people.’’

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Cyclone-type damage in freak thunderstorm

ON THE SCENE: Emergency personnel at a damaged building in Ulverstone last night.A LOCALISED weather event caused “cyclone-type” damage at West Ulverstone last night, according to the SES.
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What appeared to be a brief thunderstorm tore off part of the roof of the Lions club and damaged Queen Street shops, including the office being used by the Richmond Fellowship, SES acting regional officer Damian Hingston said.

The soccer club roof in Flora Street was also damaged.

“I’ve seen it from cyclone-type damage before where it looks like the wind has got inside the [Lions club] building and then it’s pressurised the building and then blown some of the roller doors out from inside,” Mr Hingston said.

“I spoke to the Bureau of Meteorology and they were not even aware of it so it didn’t even show up on any of their monitoring equipment. It’s just one of those things that’s dropped out of a storm cell.”

Some other buildings were damaged by debris. Mr Hingston said there did not appear to be any serious damage to residences in the area. Police were first to attend about 7pm.

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Dinosaurs come to life on stage

YOU can pat, feed and learn about the behaviour and habits of dinosaurs at Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo.
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This cutting-edge theatre production will be held at the Burnie Arts and Function Centre on August 25 at 11am and 6pm.

“Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo fuses together extraordinary artistry with captivating scientific facts, all the while bringing a collection of dinosaurs to life in front of your eyes,” BAFC director Geoff Dobson said.

“Erth are recognised as an innovator of physical and visual theatre, both nationally and internationally, creating a menagerie of large-scale puppets.

“The world’s largest known flying insect, the Meganeura monyi, will even be there. Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo is suitable for primary school students.”

Student group bookings are available for the 11am show and there is a resource kit available for teachers.

There is also a puppet-making workshop on August 25 at 2pm, where children can learn how to make and operate their own dinosaur. The workshop is suitable for ages five to 12 and costs $15 per person. Bookings are essential.

The workshop is supported by the Unearthed Arts program, which, in partnership with MMG, provides access to quality arts experiences for the community through audience development activities, workshops and opportunities to exhibit and perform.

For show tickets or workshop bookings, visit 梧桐夜网burniearts.net or call the box office on 6430 5850.

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Applying the Heat on premiership drought

SOMERSET stalwart Leigh McInnes is the only coach to date to have taken the Heat to an NWBU senior men’s grand final appearance.
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That was in 2003, against Devonport.

“I remember it was a massive crowd and Mark Banovic came out and shot 23 points in the first quarter and that killed us,” McInnes recalled.

“We prepared well and did everything right but just couldn’t get over the line.”

While the 400-game veteran is no longer playing, McInnes said it would delight him to see the Heat claim their first-ever NWBU men’s title in tonight’s grand final against Burnie.

“Even though I’m not playing, it would still mean a fair bit,” he said. “I coached a lot of those guys and played with a lot of them – it would be fantastic for the club.”

McInnes said he would be at Ulverstone tonight cheering the team on, along with several other former players.

Current club president Graham Hyland has been involved at Somerset since 1993 and was also involved in the 2003 grand final defeat as team manager. Hyland is also hopeful the Heat can come out on the winning side of the ledger this time around.

“I feel calm and collected, and I just hope these boys can go on with it,” he said.

“Dave [coach David Kay] and Josh [assistant Josh Salter] have been two great coaches, they really have – they’ve put in a lot of time and Dave has done a lot of travelling [from Smithton], averaging three times a week coming up here.”

Hyland, who was treasurer at the club for 19 years and has been president for the past two, said a premiership victory would mean a lot to him.

“It would put the icing on the cake for me because I’m not getting younger, I’m 74, and I’m probably the oldest by a good 10 years of anyone here.

“It would be very, very nice.”

Current player Damien Aherne said the team was “quietly confident” of breaking the club’s premiership drought.

“We’re really focused on getting out there, everyone fulfilling their role, giving 110 per cent and leaving nothing out there,” he said.

Somerset’s men are aiming for their first-ever premiership in the competition.400-game former player Leigh McInnes and long-time club president Graham Hyland will be cheering on current player Damien Aherne and the rest of his team. Picture; Stuart Wilson.

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Accused denies hotel sex assault

A SHIRTLESS man skipped around outside Launceston’s Hotel New York after he proclaimed ‘‘let’s dance’’ and threw punches at the male supporters of a female patron he had sexually assaulted, a court has heard.
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The complainant told jurors in the Supreme Court in Launceston on Monday she had been fending off unwanted bum-grabbing and dance moves from the man she now knew as Tristan Andrew Tuthill, throughout her visit to the nightclub.

Crown prosecutor Virginia Jones asked the woman, 21, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, what else happened in the hotel.

The complainant said the unshaven, T-shirt, shorts and thongs-wearing accused also pulled at her shorts three times, one time exposing her underwear, and she swore at him but he laughed her off.

The woman said when she confronted the man he started to rub her genitalia outside her clothing in ‘‘very quick touches’’ and she told him, ‘‘don’t touch me or I will kick your head in’’.

After she resumed dancing, the complainant said she almost immediately felt the man’s finger or fingers slide up the back of her shorts and into her genitalia.

She said she spun around and elbowed and punched the man to get rid of him.

The woman said the man apologised ‘‘in a very sarcastic way’’ near the nightclub entrance and she later encountered him on the street, where he took off his top and started a fight with her male friends who had heard about what happened.

Defence counsel Fran McCracken suggested to the complainant that no one touched her in such a way, but the woman said it did happen and it hurt.

Tuthill, 29, pleaded not guilty on Monday to indecent assault and aggravated sexual assault, alleged to have occurred overnight between January 17 and 18, 2014.

The trial, before Justice Stephen Estcourt, continues.

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Hallshines for Suns against the Lions

Mitch Robinson and Aaron Hall in action at the Gabba on SaturdaySINCE returning to Gold Coast line-up in round 14, Hobart’s Aaron Hall has been slowly building towards his very best form.
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On Saturday in the QClash against Brisbane, the 24-year-old forward-midfielder was at his finest, with a career-best outing in the Suns’ win.

Hall finished with 28 touches, kicked 1.0, laid five tackles, took three marks, eight score involvements and eight inside 50s, as one of five Tasmanians in action.

Launceston’s Kade Kolodjashnij was strong as an extra number in defence, with 20 touches at 80 per cent disposal efficiency, while Jesse Lonergan returned to a defensive role, and collected 18 touches and laid four tackles on Jed Adcock.

North Hobart’s Henry Schade had eight touches playing on a variety of talls, while Burnie’s Luke Russell finished with 0.1 from 10 touches with four marks and three tackles.

Lauderdale’s Mitch Robinson again tried hard for the Lions with 24 possessions (12 contested) at 87 per cent disposal efficiency rate, 11 tackles and 1.0.

Kade’s twin brother Jake was outstanding in Geelong’s win over Sydney, shutting out Sydney great Adam Goodes.

Kolodjashnij collected 15 touches (10 contested) and took four marks, while Goodes had just 12 touches and kicked 1.1

Fellow Launceston product Jackson Thurlow as also impressive, with an 18 possession outing playing on Lewis Jetta and Isaac Heeny, which saw the 21-year-old receive this weeks’s Rising Star nomination.

George Town’s Toby Nankervis was subbed out for the Swans in the third quarter after having nine hit-outs, collecting three possessions and laying four tackles.

At Domain Stadium on Saturday, Devonport’s Grant Birchall finished with 22 touches, 1.0 and five inside 50s, while North Hobart’s Sam Darley played his first game of the year for the Western Bulldogs, and finished with 21 touches at 86 per cent disposal efficiency.

The Weller brothers of Burnie played against each other for the first time on Sunday, but it took until the third quarter for them to be on the field together after Lachie started as Fremantle’s sub.

Again he came on and had an impact, collecting seven touches, however one of his early ones went straight to his brother Maverick in the Dockers’ win over the Saints.

The older Weller finished with 16 touches, laid four tackles and took four marks for St Kilda.

Ulverstone’s Alex Pearce played both forward and back for Freo, kicking 1.2 from 13 touches and taking nine marks.

Devonport’s Ben Brown put in a strong showing in North Melbourne’s win over Melbourne, kicking 2.2 from 10 touches and four marks, before hurting his calf in the second term and being subbed out at three quarter-time.

For the Demons Dodges Ferry’s Jeremy Howe had 13 touches and took five marks in defence, while Wynyard’s Colin Garland played on Jarrad Waite and finished with nine touches.

Lauderdale’s Andrew Phillips returned to the Greater Western Sydney team and won 16 hit-outs and nine possessions against former teammate Jonathon Gilles in the Giants’ win over Essendon.

On Friday night, Clarence’s Jack Riewoldt had a quiet night for Richmond playing all over the ground, with just seven touches, no marks, 1.0 and four tackles.

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Clarkecalledit right:Ponting

Ricky Ponting and Michael ClarkeFORMER Australian captain Ricky Ponting says personal experience tells him his successor Michael Clarke has chosen the right time to retire from international cricket.
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In the wake of Australia’s Ashes debacle and Clarke’s subsequent announcement, Ponting even admitted he may have waited too long to make the same decision.

‘‘Since I retired I have realised I went on too long and Michael doesn’t want to be in the same boat,’’ the Mowbray batsman told Sky Sports.

‘‘I think it’s the right time as he has been fighting inner demons and battling his game for the last 12-18 months.’’

Ponting, who handed over the captaincy to Clarke in 2011 but continued to play for another year, has previously admitted he played on two years longer than he should have done.

He said only Clarke will know whether the time was right in the aftermath of the humiliating innings defeat at Trent Bridge which gave England an unassailable 3-1 lead in the series.

‘‘None of us know but if he says it’s the right time, it’s obviously the right time,’’ Ponting told Cricinfo.

‘‘I had a meeting with him at Lord’s talking about the last part of my career and I said to him that when the things that used to come really easy to you don’t come so easy any more then it’s the right time and I think we’ve seen in this series a lot of the things that he would do quite easily a few years ago seem to be really hard to him.’’

Ponting said Clarke would share similar positives, and the same glaring regret, from his own international career.

’’ If he’s anything like me he’ll be most fond of his longevity in the game. Not necessarily about how many hundreds but how long you played for and how many wins you’ve been involved in, they were the things that I cherished the most when I finished.

‘‘He’s been part of a couple of World Cup wins and obviously captaining one in Australia would have been an unbelievable thrill for him.

‘‘Unfortunately, like me he wasn’t able to win an Ashes series here in England and that’s one thing that he probably will have a regret about, as I did.’’

Ponting had already tipped that as many as eight members of the tourists’ squad will not play Test cricket again following a fourth successive Ashes defeat on British soil.

He said he was pleased that Clarke would get a farewell match at The Oval next week.

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Cure races to 13thin La Route prologue

TASMANIAN multiple track world champion Amy Cure has shown her versatility on the road with a 13th-place finish in the prologue to the women’s La Route De France.
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The three-kilometre opener in Enghien les Bains took Dutch winner Amy Pieters 3:40 with Cure, of West Pine, just nine seconds behind, riding for Lotto Soudal Ladies.

Track teammate Annette Edmondson (Wiggle Honda) was fifth and another Aussie, Lauren Kitchen (Hitec Products), seventh.

Launceston’s Alex Clements was among the five-strong Jayco-AIS World Tour Academy team riding the Gran Premio Sportivi di Poggiana in Italy. With Clements adding climbing options to the outfit, teammates Jack Haig (Victoria) and reigning Australian under-23 national champion Miles Scotson (South Australia) put in aggressive rides to finish fifth and ninth respectively.

‘‘The entire squad was aggressive from the start of the race, involved in all the main moves,’’ the team reported.

Team Sky’s Nathan Earle, of Hobart, finished 97th in the Tour of Denmark, 31:20 behind the home-nation winner, Christopher Juul Jensen (Tinkoff-Saxo).

Launceston’s Matthew Goss (MTN – Qhubeka) was 102nd after five of the seven stages in the Tour of Utah, but did not appear among the finishers in the final two stages.

In the USA Iron Hill Criterium, Launceston’s Clay Murfett finished 47th as part of Astellas Team lead-out, which claimed second place, while Campbell Town’s Will Clarke (Drapac) is scheduled to ride next week’s USA Pro Challenge.

Wes Sulzberger, Tom Robinson and Mark Jamieson are among the Tasmanians scheduled to ride in the National Road Series Tour of Great South Coast in Victoria from Wednesday, while Georgia Baker will ride the next round of the women’s series, Victoria’s Tour of King Valley.

Hobart mountain biker Scott Bowden is heading to Europe from the US where he finished 21st and 27th in his last two races.

‘‘Things didn’t quite pan out how I would have liked results-wise, but it has been a great trip so far, with plenty of positives to take away,’’ he said. ‘‘At Mont Saint Anne (World Cup), I felt great but two silly mistakes towards the end of the race cost me a shot at the result I was hoping for.

‘‘In Windham, I had a good start in the top 20 but had nothing in the engine all race.’’

Bowden will train in Livigno, Italy, before the last World Cup event in Val di Sole.

Meanwhile, Hobart’s Cameron Wurf completed his first iron man in Whistler, Canada, in 9 hours 23 minutes and has set his sights on the famed Hawaii ironman in Kona to complete what he called his ‘‘sabbatical year’’ away from pro cycling.

‘‘It’s an event alongside the Olympics and Le Tour de France I dreamed of as a kid partaking in one day,’’ the former Olympic rower SAID.

‘‘When I line up on the start in Kona, I’ll have ticked of two of those objectives. I would never have guessed Kona would come ahead of Le Tour, but hey, you never ever know what card sporting life has got installed for you next.

‘‘I’ll have to work even harder now to complete the set as I get back in the peloton next year, but that’s even more motivating for me now. Twelve months ago, I’d lost that desire, so I’m pleased that putting myself through an ironman finally got that spark and drive back.’’

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Miller urges Jets to make big statement

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Jets coach Scott Miller talks to the players on Monday. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

NEWCASTLE coach Scott Miller wants the Jets to make a statement against Perth Glory in the FFA Cup round of 32 showdown at Magic Park on Tuesday night.

A win would send the strongest message.

‘‘Winning has to be the aim,’’ Miller said after the Jets finalised preparations with a short, sharp session at Ray Watt on Tuesday.

‘‘It will give us momentum moving forward.

‘‘It’s important but not vital, even though that is a contradiction in a sense.

‘‘The winning mentality I need to see. The competitiveness. We need to replicate our work on the training field in terms of our intensity.

‘‘If I see instances of the patterns we want to play in and out of possession, I’ll be happy.

‘‘More importantly, I will be happy with a result.’’

The match is Miller’s first competitive hit-out at the helm since plucked from Fulham on the recommendation of Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou as a replacement for Phil Stubbins.

‘‘It’s not about me, it’s not about one person, it’s about the team,’’ Miller said. ‘‘We will be measured as a group.’’

The start of the A-League season is two months away.

But in a sign of the growing stature of the FFA Cup, Miller will field close to his strongest side against a Glory outfit which has also undergone a major overhaul.

Enver Alivodic, who arrived from Serbia a week ago and is short of peak condition, moves back to the bench for Brandon Lundy in the only change to the Jets XI, which lost 2-1 to Central Coast in a friendly last Wednesday.

‘‘Straight after the game, I was disappointed with the result,’’ Miller said.

‘‘But having reviewed it and looking at how we played, there were a lot of positives.

‘‘I actually thought we had more purpose and penetration to our play.’’

The Mariners’ goals came from an error by the Jets playing out from the back and a lapse in concentration at a corner.

‘‘In the grand scheme of things, with more rhythm and more games behind us those mistakes would not be made,’’ Miller said.

The Jets are the only Northern NSW Football representative remaining in the knockout after National Premier League teams Broadmeadow Magic went down 3-1 to Heidelberg United and Edgeworth fell 2-1 at the death to Melbourne City.

‘‘I want 5000 people there,’’ Miller said.

‘‘I can’t see any reason if it is a nice evening in Newcastle why people wouldn’t come and support the team.

‘‘I’m hoping the FFA Cup environment will stimulate them mentally and get them over the line and actually perform for 90 minutes.’’

Glory striker Andy Keogh scored a goal in each half to lead the visitors to a 2-0 win over the Jets in the corresponding game last year.

The Northern Ireland international is among a number of players who have departed Perth in the fall-out from the West Australians’ salary cap breech.

‘‘We have analysed them to a degree,’’ Miller said.

‘‘We can look at last season’s structure.

‘‘I know Kenny well and I don’t think his structure will change completely.

‘‘Obviously the personnel will in terms of who and where and how they play.’’

Glory reached the final of the FFA Cup last season, going down to 1-0 Adelaide United, and coach Kenny Lowe is aiming for a repeat of their strong performance.

‘‘Why can’t we do what we did last year? I don’t know. We’re still here believing,’’ Lowe said.

Probable team (4-2-3-1): Mark Birighitti; Jason Hoffman, Daniel Mullen, Nigel Boogaard, Lee Ki-je; Mateo Poljak, Cameron Watson; Brandon Lundy, Mitch Cooper, David Carney; Labinot Haliti Res: Ben Kennedy, Lachlan Jackson, Ben Kantarovski, Enver Alivodic, Braedyn Crowley.

Scott Miller. Picture: Phil Hearne

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